School: Utah Valley University
Major: Construction Management, Heavy Civil
Company: WW Clyde & Co
Internship from May 2, 2016 — August 19, 2016
I am Andrew K Martin. I am a bridge welder by trade and I began my bachelor studies in Construction Management in 2009. Not long after I first entered my craft I realized that there existed more to the industry than merely what I perceived from the shop floor. It was for that reason that I chose to pursue a bachelor’s degree, so that I would have the opportunities available to me to advance in my profession and, eventually, become a leader of my craft. I have enjoyed my years of study, and the opportunity the CM department gave me to intern with a reputable, heavy-civil builder here in Utah; though, unfortunately, since I began at the University I have had to continually shift focus between full-time school and full-time trade work, which made my time with WW Clyde as a field engineer intern this summer even more fulfilling.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
Throughout the last fifteen weeks of working for WW Clyde & Co at the Kennecott Utah Copper’s East Waste Rock Expansion project, I can assuredly say that my knowledge and understanding of heavy bulk-earthwork construction operations has increased considerably; furthermore, my overall experience of contractor-owner relationships, and field-logistics and operations has improved and become more diversified for that matter. Never before had I worked in a similar capacity for a company involved in a project of such sizable scope and budget. To put into perspective, this project began with an original bid of $45 million; however, given the nature of the owner and changes already made to the existing contract, it is safe to say that the ultimate cost of the project will exceed $60 million. At the end of this project, nearly 13 million cubic yards of earth will have been cut, hauled and placed forming eleven new basins for storm water and WRCW (waste rock contact water) flows to be checked, controlled and managed in a way both beneficial to the mine, but also to the environment and communities that exist in close proximity to the mine itself. It has been a worthwhile opportunity for me and has allowed me to advance my knowledge of mass excavation and heavy, bulk- earth operations.
After reviewing my learning objectives set forth in early May, I can say with confidence, that I achieved my goals of becoming a more qualified and proficient field engineer. This was accomplished by applying my previous knowledge and experience of the industry as a tradesman/craft and then having a willingness to learn the new, even foreign concepts and processes of bulk-earth operations, of which I had no previous knowledge of. It was further advanced by the many opportunities given me by those already well-versed in this field. Talented leaders who fostered an environment which provided me with challenging tasks that promoted my understanding and awareness. Although I still have much to learn, I have gained substantial ground in grasping heavy civil, bulk-earth operations.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
The most valuable thing that will continue to positively affect me at the end of this internship will certainly be the long-lasting connections that I have made while working here at the mine. Talented people that I have had the great pleasure of working with who are great leaders and have taken their time to groom and further develop me to be a successful supervisor and director.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
Safety and quality are major components of our industry, and WW Clyde has continually demonstrated their dedication to safe and quality building practices in every aspect of the project they undertake. It has been a very worth-while experience for me to be involved with safety, particularly from a staff position, as I now have seen full-circle the intrinsic role safe working practices and conditions must play in every project. More importantly, I realize the effect good leadership has on the crafts when they see management actively engaging in the well-being of every individual on-site, and, furthermore the morale that is established when field managers lead by example. I directly participated in multiple risk assessments and drafting of JSA’s (Job Safety Analysis) and their incorporation into every task. I especially learned how to think through the task, recognize the hazards, assess the risk, control the hazards and keep safety first in all tasks.
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